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Vietnam Enterprise Investments - Executive Interview

Vietnam Enterprise Investmentst (VEIL) was launched in 1995 and is the largest closed-ended fund focused on Vietnam. In July 2017, it became a member of the FTSE 250. VEIL aims to generate long-term capital growth by following a bottom-up approach, unconstrained by the benchmark, to find high-quality companies that are attractively valued. The fund is managed by Dragon Capital, Vietnam’s largest and longest established investment manager. In this webcast, Dominic Scriven, chairman and founder of Dragon Capital, introduces the company and discusses why we should invest in Vietnam, and why no...

European Assets Trust - Long-term capital growth and high yield

European Assets Trust (EAT) aims to achieve capital growth over the long term through investing in small- and medium-sized companies listed in Europe (ex-UK). Over the past 10 years to end-June 2019, the trust has delivered an annualised NAV total return of 15.1%. EAT also has an attractive 5.6% dividend yield, significantly higher than its peers, reflecting the board’s high distribution policy. The trust completed its legal migration to the UK from the Netherlands in March 2019; previously dual-listed in London and Amsterdam, EAT is now solely traded on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and i...

Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust - Long-established Thailand equities specialist

Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust (ANW) aims to deliver a high level of long-term capital growth, with the manager following a rigorous bottom-up, stock selection driven investment process. The trust has delivered strong absolute returns over the past 10 years, with an annualised NAV total return of 18.1%. Over the near term, the manager expects the ongoing US-China trade dispute to weigh on Thai equity market sentiment. However, it believes longer-term prospects remain very attractive. The portfolio is shifting in favour of small caps, where the manager can find less well-discovered, high-qu...

Vietnam Enterprise Investments - Long-established expertise in Vietnam

Vietnam Enterprise Investments (VEIL) was launched in 1995 and is the largest closed-ended fund focused on Vietnam. In July 2017, it became a member of the FTSE 250. VEIL aims to generate long-term capital growth by following a bottom-up approach, unconstrained by the benchmark, to find high quality companies that are attractively valued. Although the fund’s NAV total return has lagged the VN Index over one year, VEIL has a strong longer-term performance track record, delivering annualised NAV growth of c 26% and 20% over three and five years respectively. The manager believes sustained econ...

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust - Recovery potential for UK equities

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust (JUKG) aims to generate long-term capital growth, primarily through investing in UK-listed equities. The fund manager, Steve Davies, follows a detailed and fundamental approach to find companies with growth or recovery potential. Unconstrained by benchmark considerations, he is not afraid of being contrarian, and his approach is patient and highly selective. The portfolio consists of just 30–35 holdings and is very different from the FTSE All-Share index, therefore, short- and medium-term performance can diverge from the benchmark. The trust’s NAV total r...

Genesis Emerging Markets Fund - Executive interview - Genesis Emerging Markets Fund

(GSS) was launched in July 1989 and was one of the first emerging markets funds to be listed in the UK. It aims to deliver long-term capital growth through investing in emerging and frontier market equities following an in-depth fundamental approach. The fund’s benchmark is the MSCI Emerging Markets index. However, the manager is not constrained by the benchmark and focuses on investing in high-quality companies with above average sustainable long-term growth. The portfolio reflects the manager’s highest conviction stocks and is typically meaningfully different from the benchmark. In this...

Genesis Emerging Markets Fund - Long-established emerging markets expertise

Genesis Emerging Markets Fund (GSS) was launched in 1989 and was one of the first emerging markets funds to be listed in the UK. It aims to deliver long-term capital growth through investing in emerging and frontier markets. The investment approach is bottom-up and patient, involving proprietary and bespoke research to build in-depth knowledge of companies, sectors and countries. Unconstrained by benchmark considerations, the diversified portfolio is meaningfully differentiated from the index and consists of the manager’s highest-conviction stocks.

Diverse Income Trust (The) - Unloved small-caps offer long-term opportunities

The Diverse Income Trust (DIVI) aims to generate a good and growing level of income, as well as capital gains over the long term. It is not constrained by benchmarks and has a wide opportunity set across the market capitalisation spectrum to find high-quality, resilient companies that can sustain dividend growth over the long term. The managers, Gervais Williams and Martin Turner, have a small-cap bias and over two-thirds of the portfolio is outside of the FTSE 350 index. Since its inception in April 2011, the trust has delivered an annualised NAV total return of 12% and consistent growth in i...

Invesco Asia Trust - Disciplined Asia specialist, solid long-term returns

Invesco Asia Trust (IAT) aims to provide significant capital returns over the long-term through investing in listed companies in Asia. It follows a rigorous bottom-up investment process with few constraints, to build a relatively concentrated 50–70 stock portfolio representing the manager’s highest-conviction ideas over a three- to five-year horizon. The approach also emphasises the valuation discipline and favours cash-generative companies, which is reflected in the underlying portfolio yield of c 3%. IAT has increased its annual dividend in seven out of the past 10 years and over that ti...

Securities Trust of Scotland - High-conviction global equity income portfolio

Securities Trust of Scotland (STS) aims to achieve long-term income and capital growth through a fundamental approach to global equity investment. The manager, Mark Whitehead, is not constrained by index considerations and focuses on finding 35–55 high-quality companies with sustainable business models and financial resilience, in which to invest for a three- to five-year horizon. He also utilises the trust’s ability to employ options strategies in a controlled manner to generate additional income. STS’s board adopts a progressive dividend policy and, over the past three years, the annua...

European Assets Trust - Wider than normal discount has scope to narrow

European Assets Trust (EAT) aims to deliver long-term capital growth through a fundamental approach to investing in small and medium-sized companies in Europe (excluding the UK). The manager, Sam Cosh, also concentrates on the preservation of capital, which is reflected in the focus on quality companies and a disciplined approach to valuation. Over the past 10 years, the trust has delivered an annualised c 14% NAV total return. EAT has a high payout policy and its 6% dividend yield is the highest among peers. Dual listed in the Netherlands and the UK, EAT’s shareholders have approved the mig...

Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust - Strong long-term absolute performance

Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust (ANW) was launched in 1989 and is the only Thailand-focused investment trust listed in London. It aims to deliver a high level of long-term capital growth through investing in a relatively concentrated portfolio of quality companies, following a disciplined bottom-up approach. The Thai equity market has been relatively resilient this year compared to MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan and MSCI Emerging Markets, reflecting Thailand’s solid economic fundamentals. The manager believes Thai companies are particularly well-placed to benefit from the fast-growing neighbouring...

Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies - Asian small-cap specialist, unloved asset class

Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust (SST) aims to deliver long-term capital growth from investing in smaller companies listed in Asia ex-Japan. The investment approach is bottom-up to find quality companies with sustainable growth that are reasonably valued. Unconstrained by the benchmark, the well-diversified portfolio of c 60 stocks represents the manager’s highest-conviction ideas, with a preference for domestically oriented businesses in less-developed economies, which can benefit from structural growth drivers. SST has a strong, long-term performance track record and over 10 years...

Vietnam Enterprise Investments - Correction presents long-term opportunities

Vietnam Enterprise Investments (VEIL) was launched in 1995 and became a member of the FTSE 250 in July 2017. It is the largest and longest established closed-ended fund focused on investing in Vietnam equities. The fund’s objective is to generate long-term capital growth through applying a rigorous, bottom-up approach to selecting companies that can benefit from the underlying secular drivers of the country’s growth. Unconstrained by benchmark weightings, the portfolio of 35–40 highconviction stocks often differs meaningfully from the VN Index. VEIL has generated strong absolute gains ov...

Martin Currie Asia Unconstrained Trust - Deep discount and attractive yield

Martin Currie Asia Unconstrained Trust (MCP) aims to deliver growth in line with nominal Asia ex-Japan GDP on a rolling three-year basis. It follows a detailed, bottom-up approach to investing in a concentrated portfolio of 20–30 of Asia’s highest-quality and most sustainable businesses, unconstrained by a benchmark. Although market conditions have become more challenging for Asian equities, MCP’s manager Andrew Graham believes the portfolio’s high-quality companies are poised to do well in this environment. He also notes the trust’s performance is less volatile than the MSCI AC Asia...

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust - Depressed UK equities may present opportunities

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust (JUKG) aims to deliver long-term capital appreciation, primarily through investing in UK equities. The fund has few constraints against the benchmark, and the manager, Steve Davies, is highly selective in his bottom-up approach, investing in 30–35 companies with recovery or growth potential. The portfolio and its performance can therefore diverge significantly from the FTSE All-Share index. Davies believes UK equities are currently unloved, and investors are excessively pessimistic and focused on the short-term outlook. While he expects the UK market to rem...

Diverse Income Trust (The) - UK equities present interesting opportunities

The Diverse Income Trust (DIVI) aims to generate a good and increasing level of income, as well as capital gains over the long term. It primarily invests in UK equities, across the market capitalisation spectrum, seeking companies that are underappreciated by the market and able to generate productivity gains, which in turn underpin future dividends growth. The trust has around two-thirds of its holdings in companies outside of the FTSE 350 index, and is relatively lowly correlated with mainstream UK indices. DIVI has a solid medium- and long-term performance track record with a total return o...

Securities Trust of Scotland - Focused on global growth and quality stocks

Securities Trust of Scotland (STS) aims to provide long-term growth in income and capital through investing in global equities. The current manager, Mark Whitehead, was appointed in May 2016 and adopted an unconstrained, bottom-up approach to identify high-quality companies that can be long-term structural winners. The portfolio holds a relatively concentrated number of high-conviction stocks, which the manager believes gives the portfolio both defensive characteristics, as well as delivering sustainable dividend growth. The board has a progressive dividend policy. In August 2018, it announced...

Invesco Asia Trust - Opportunities emerging in Asian equities

Invesco Asia Trust (IAT) aims to deliver significant capital gains to shareholders over a three- to five-year horizon, primarily through investing in Asian equities, following a disciplined, bottom-up process. It has a solid long-term track record of NAV total return outperformance against its benchmark and has delivered annualised returns of 13% pa over the past 10 years. Although the primary objective is capital gains, since 2001 IAT has also consistently maintained or grown dividends, which increased 28% in FY18. The MSCI Asia ex-Japan index has corrected around 18% from its January 2018 pe...

European Assets Trust - Capital growth objective with high yield

European Assets Trust (EAT) aims to achieve capital growth through investing in listed small- and medium-sized companies in Europe, excluding the UK. It is also focused on capital preservation, seeking quality companies with strong business models and balance sheets that can sustain long-term earnings growth through economic cycles. The trust has delivered annualised NAV total returns of 11.2% over the past 10 years, while a high payout policy supports a generous yield, currently 6.2%. Leading indicators suggest that Europe’s recovery, which started later than many major economies, remains e...

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